Teardown of 4th gen iPad reveals LG Retina display and more

By , Nov 2, 2012

With the newly-unveiled fourth generation iPad now on sale in some parts of the globe, the inevitable teardowns have begun. As usual, iFixit was first on scene, and has posted a detailed breakdown of the tablet’s innards.

As you might expect, there aren’t many internal differences between the new iPad and the one Apple launched 6 months ago. But it does have a new processor, and a few other changes, so it’s certainly worth taking a look at…

The biggest change in the iPad 4 is obviously the A6X. Apple has given its latest tablet its newest processor, giving it double the speed of its predecessor. We’ll likely hear more about this customized chipset as time goes on.

Of course, the 4th gen iPad also has an upgraded FaceTime camera, which iFixit says is noticeably thicker than the previous model, and it has Apple’s new Lightning plug. But perhaps the most interesting discovery is in the display.

The Retina screen in the 10-inch tablet isn’t made by Samsung this time around, at least in iFixit’s unit, it’s made by LG. Apple likely split display orders for the iPad 4 between different manufacturers, but it’s worth mentioning.

We’ve heard a number of reports that the relationship between Apple and Samsung is decaying due to their ongoing legal battle, and that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung as a parts supplier. We’ll probably hear more about this in the coming weeks as well.

At any rate, if you want to check out the full teardown, you can find it on iFixit’s website here. And if you missed yesterday’s iPad mini gutting, we have links to that too.

Also, we should have our hands on both tablets shortly, so stay tuned for our unboxings and first impressions.

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  • http://twitter.com/esemchoy Esme Yungao

    Soon they’ll get rid of Samsung totally…

    • Ernesto Carrillo

      I wanna hope apple doesnt rely on samsung to bring us their amazing technology. At least steve jobs wouldnt want that to be the case.

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    looks awesome

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I don’t know for sure, but it is my impression that Samsung’s TVs and monitors are way better than LG’s. Lets hope this doesn’t apply to iPad.

  • M Last

    anyone knows that LG’s LCD better than Sharp’s LCD?

    • ic0dex

      Get a Sharp Aquos LED one of the best on the market today its just AMAZING!!!

  • Miketyler

    LG sucks I had an LED TV for about 8 months and its dead

    • Nick

      I know lots of people who have Samsung TVs that last just as little, or less. I have an LG led and LCD TV and both are going just fine. Just because you had a singular bad experience doesn’t mean that all their products suck. Sheesh.